Fifty-three SERDP FY 2017 new start projects have been selected for funding. These projects responded to the FY 2017 SERDP Core and SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) solicitations.

Topics being addressed by these projects include groundwater remediation; assessing and understanding munitions constituents contamination; munitions response in underwater environments; understanding phenological responses under non-stationary conditions; testing the hypotheses and conclusions of long-term ecological studies; providing useful climate information at moderate time scales;  alternatives for military refrigerants and aqueous film forming foam; non-chemical surface morphology modification; understanding coating degradation mechanisms; and synthesis of energetic materials.

The tables below list the FY 2017 SERDP new start projects for Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, and Weapons Systems and Platforms. As project overviews become available, links from the project numbers will be provided below. Information on these and other SERDP and ESTCP projects is also available under Program Areas.  

Environmental Restoration

ERSON-17-01: Improved Strategies for Remediating Mixed Contaminants in Groundwater


The Development of Anaerobic Bioremediation Approaches for Chlorinated Solvent and 1,4-Dioxane Co-Contaminated Sites

Dr. Alison Cupples

Michigan State University


Biodegradation of CVOCs and 1,4-Dioxane Mixtures by Engineered Microbial Communities

Dr. Shaily Mahendra

University of California, Los Angeles


Development of Coupled Physicochemical and Biological Systems for In Situ Remediation of Perfluorinated Chemical and Chlorinated Solvent Groundwater Plumes

Dr. Kurt Pennell

Tufts University


In Situ Remediation of Aqueous Film Forming Foams and Common Co-Contaminants with the Dual Approach of Chemical Oxidation and Bioremediation

Dr. Lisa Alvarez-Cohen

University of California, Berkeley


Development of Slow Release Compounds for the Aerobic Cometabolic Treatment of Complex Mixtures of COC Released from Low Permeability Zones

Dr. Lewis Semprini

Oregon State University


A Novel Reactive Electrochemical Membrane System for Treatment of Mixed Contaminants

Dr. Qingguo Huang

University of Georgia


Synergistic Treatment of Mixed 1,4-Dioxane and Polyfluorinated Chemical Contaminations by Combining Electrolytic Degradation with Electrobiostimulation

Dr. Jens Blotevogel

Colorado State University


Utilizing the Plant Microbiome and Bioaugmentation to Degrade 1,4-Dioxane and Co-Contaminants

Dr. Jerald Schnoor

University of Iowa


Key Fate and Transport Processes Impacting the Mass Discharge, Attenuation, and Treatment of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Comingled Chlorinated Solvents or Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Dr. Christopher Higgins

Colorado School of Mines


Synergistic Reductive Dechlorination of 1,1,1-Trichloroethane and Trichloroethene and Aerobic Biodegradation of 1,4-Dioxane

Dr. Bruce Rittmann

Arizona State University

ERSON-17-02: Development of Standardized Sampling and Analytical Techniques for Munitions Constituents


Development and Optimization of Analytical Methods for Simultaneous Determination of IM and Legacy Explosive Compounds

Dr. Anthony Bednar

US Army Engineer Research and Development Center

ERSON-17-03: Improved Understanding of the Fate and Effects of Insensitive Munitions Constituents


Environmental Impact of DNAN and NTO on Plants

Mr. Timothy Cary



Determination of Fate and Toxicological Effects of Insensitive Munitions Compounds in Terrestrial Ecosystems

Dr. Roman Kuperman

U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center


Incorporating Transformation Products into Models of the Environmental Fate of Insensitive Munition Constituents

Dr. Paul Tratnyek

Oregon Health & Science University


Application of Carbon and Nitrogen Stable Isotope Analysis to Evaluate Biotic and Abiotic Degradation of DNAN and NTO

Dr. Neil Sturchio

University of Delaware


Phototransformation, Sorption, Transport, and Fate of Mixtures of NTO, DNAN, and Traditional Explosives as a Function of Climatic Conditions

Dr. Katerina Dontsova

University of Arizona

Munitions Response

MRSON-17-01: Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater


Enhanced EMI Models and Systems for Underwater UXO Detection and Discrimination

Dr. Fridon Shubitidze

Dartmouth College


Rapid Response Surveys of Mobility, Burial and Re-exposure of Underwater Munitions in Energetic Surf-Zone Environments and Object Monitoring Technology Development

Dr. Peter Traykovski

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Next Generation Buried Object Scanning Sonar (BOSS) for Detecting Buried UXO in Shallow Water

Dr. Jason Sara

Edge Tech


Unexploded Ordnance Characterization And Detection in Muddy Estuarine Environments

Dr. Arthur Trembanis

University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory


Resolving the Role of the Dynamic Pressure in the Burial, Exposure, Scour, and Mobility of Underwater Munitions

Dr. Diane Foster

University of New Hampshire


Three-dimensional Computational Modeling of Turbulent Flow Field, Bed Morphodynamics and Liquefaction Adjacent to Munitions

Dr. Xiaofeng Liu

The Pennsylvania State University


Probabilistic Environmental Modeling System for Munitions Mobility

Dr. Margaret Palmten

Naval Research Laboratory


Augmented Co-Robotics for Remediation of Military Munitions Underwater

Dr. Andrew Stewart

University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory

MRSON-17-02: Preliminary Design Study for Munitions Response Underwater Test Site


Preliminary Design Study for Munitions Response Underwater Test Site

Mr. Stanley Tomich

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


A Preliminary Design Study of a Re-Deployable Underwater Test Bed

Dr. Nagi Khadr

Parsons Government Services, Inc. 

Resource Conservation and Resiliency

RCSON-17-01: Phenological Response to a Changing Climate on Department of Defense Lands and Waters: Implications


Will Climate-Mediated Phenological Shifts Affect Population Viability? A Test with Butterflies on Department of Defense Lands

Dr. Elizabeth Crone

Tufts University


Incorporating Photoperiodism in Insect Phenology Models with Application for Biological Control of Weeds on Department of Defense Lands

Dr. Fritzi Grevstad

Oregon State University


Variation in Phenological Shifts: How Do Annual Cycles and Genetic Diversity Constrain or Enable Responses to Climate Change?

Dr. Julie Heath

Boise State University


Predicting the Persistence of Salamanders: Consequences of Phenological Shifts for Species of Management Concern on DoD Lands

Dr. Katherine O'Donnell

U.S. Geological Survey

RCSON-17-02: Long-Term Ecological Studies: Testing Previous Hypotheses and Conclusions


Evaluating the Long-Term Ecological Responses to Riparian Ecosystem Restoration at the Fort Benning, Georgia Military Installation

Dr. Natalie Griffiths

Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Using long-term data to optimize recovery of understory plant communities: identifying the management contexts and species┬┐ traits that maximize the likelihood of sustained persistence and spread of plant populations.

Dr. John Orrock

University of Wisconsin


Site Preparation for Longleaf Pine Restoration on Hydric Sites: Stand Development and Ground Layer Responses 15 Years Following Planting

Dr. Benjamin Knapp

University of Missouri


Understanding Species Persistence in Complex Landscapes with a Long-Term Metapopulation Study of Rare Flora

Dr. William Hoffmann

North Carolina State University


Understanding the Effects of Changing Landscapes on the Population Status of Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers from Over 30 years of DoD Research

Dr. Susan Haig

USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

RCSEED-17-01: Providing Useful Climate Information at Moderate Time Scales - Proof of Concept


Useful Prediction of Climate Extreme Risk for Texas-Oklahoma at 4-6 Years

Dr. Shih-Yu Simon Wang

Utah State University


Exploring the Basis for Skillful Projections of Decision-Relevant Climate Normals

Dr. Russell Vose

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information


Developing an Experimental Predictive Framework for Climate Regime Shifts and Their Impacts Within a 2-20 year Outlook Window

Dr. Michael Alexander


Weapons Systems and Platforms

WPSON-17-01: Fluorine-Free Aqueous Film Forming Foam


Novel Fluorine-Free Replacement For Aqueous Film Forming Foam

Dr. Joseph Tsang

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division


Fluorine-Free Aqueous Film Forming Foam

Dr. John Payne

National Foam


Fluorine-Free Foams with Oleophobic Surfactants and Additives for Effective Pool fire Suppression

Dr. Ramagopal Ananth

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

WPSON-17-02: No/Low Global Warming Potential Alternatives to Ozone Depleting Refrigerants


Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerant Blends for R-134a

Dr. Piotr Domanski

National Institute of Standards and Technology

WPSON-17-03: Surface Morphology Modification by Non-Chemical Methods to Enhance Coating Adhesion and Mechanical


Surface Mechanical Attrition for Coating Adhesion, Mechanical Bonding, Corrosion Mitigation and Wear Resistance

Dr. Heather Murdoch

Army Research Lab


Atmospheric Plasma for Surface Modifications and Nanoscale Embedding of Chemistry for Corrosion Control and Adhesion Promotion

Dr. Santanu Chaudhuri

University of Illinois


Laser-Interference Surface Preparation for Enhanced Coating Adhesion and Adhesive Joining of Multi-Materials

Dr. Adrian Sabau

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

WPSEED-17-01: Understanding Coating Degradation Mechanisms Induced by Fungi (Mold/Mildew)


Investigation of Coating Degradation Mechanisms Induced by Fungi Using Open-Air Laser Spectroscopy and Spectrometry

Dr. Yongfeng Lu

University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Assignment of Direct vs. Indirect Mechanisms Used by Fungi for Polyurethane Coating Biodegradation

Dr. Justin Biffinger

US Naval Research Laboratory


Mechanism of Fungal Degradation on Military Aircraft Coatings

Dr. Irfan Ahmad

University of Illinois


Mechanistic Study of Fungi Degradation of Organic Coatings used in Aircraft Finish Systems

Mr. Dane Hanson


WPSEED-17-02: Solvent-Free Processes for Organic Synthesis of Military-Relevant Energetic Materials


Mechanochemical Preparation of Organic Nitro Compounds

Dr. Edward Dreizin

New Jersey Institute of Technology


The Development of a solvent-Free Process to Prepare DNAN

Dr. David Chavez

Los Alamos National Laboratory


Development of Solvent-Free Nitration Processes using tert-Butyl Nitrite

Dr. David Boruta



Continuous Solventless Photochemical Nitration Using Nitrogen Dioxide

Dr. John Zevenbergen